ICE Stalks Immigrant Parents at Detroit School

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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has admitted that its agents in Detroit appear to have violated ICE policies when they targeted a school where immigrant parents were dropping off and picking up their children.

The ICE statement came after dozens of community leaders gathered outside the Hope of Detroit Academy, a public charter school in southwest Detroit, to demand that Detroit ICE director Rebecca Adducci hold agents accountable for targeting parents as they dropped children off at school last week, Detroit Latino reported.

“It is absolutely unacceptable for immigration agents to target parents at a school,” declared Democratic State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, at the protest. “These are hard-working members of our community, who are raising families, paying taxes, and rebuilding our neighborhoods house by house. The federal government should focus their limited resources on actual criminals, not terrorizing the parents of 7-year-old children.”

On the morning of Thursday, March 31, ICE agents stalked some parents from their homes to the school, Detroit Latino reported. Parents and children were trapped as a half a dozen ICE vehicles with tinted windows, surrounded the school, said Ryan Bates, director of the Alliance for Immigrant Rights and Reform Michigan. At least two parents were arrested after being subjected to random, warrantless stops outside the school, Bates said.

ICE’s policies explicitly prohibit this kind of search targeting schools and places of worship, except in extreme circumstances and with prior authorization from headquarters. “I found members of two families who were terrified, frightened out of their mind,” Bates said. One parent had a toddler with her.
“It’s clear that ICE is out of control,” Bates said. “Their outrageous actions at Hope of Detroit Academy are part of a pattern of often abusive and illegal activity.”

In the statement, reported by the Detroit Free Press, ICE Director of Public Affairs Brian Hale said the agency "is concerned by reports about the manner in which this operation was conducted, and is conducting an internal review of the facts surrounding it. Elements of the operation appear to have been inconsistent with policy and our standards and priorities.”

Officers with ICE “are required to follow a policy that prohibits operations near schools unless approved by headquarters or otherwise based on exigent circumstances,” Hale added. “It is not clear that this policy was appropriately followed in this matter. In addition, one of the targets may not have been within the agency’s stated enforcement priorities.”

Hale said that if their “internal review results in a finding that procedures were violated, appropriate steps will be taken. ICE will work closely with the local community to address any concerns arising from this matter.”

 

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Anonymous

Posted Apr 8 2011

Round them up, go get'm, tired of illegals sucking this country dry while guttless elected representatives allow it.

Anonymous

Posted Apr 9 2011

look dude, go fuck your self. white ppl are just mad now cause the economy is bad and they finally wana get their lazy asses up to go get a job! Illeagls work for their life and white just sit around and have babies just cus the govt gives them money. yeah, the illeagls are sucking the country dry? how? so shut up! and get your facts right, b/c in the history, WHITE PPL werent here first! this is native land! not white land! if yall want the immigrants out! then we should all leave and go back to England or where ever white ppl came from and give this back to the Natives!

Anonymous

Posted Apr 9 2011

The undocumented in this country should be commended and admired for believing in the efficacy of education for their children, and taking the now, thanks to ICE, incredible risks in even bringing them to school, and home again. Stalking and arresting them in front of school is outrageous, and shameful. What do you, the anti-undocumented, want, people who are uneducated, sick, unemployed, because it's becoming increasingly difficult, if not illegal, for them to go to school, get medical care, legal work? Why not welcome them, give them amnesty, (even if it's on a case-by-case consideration basis,) admire them for their courage in overcoming the huge, often lethal, obstacles in crossing the border, and help them live and enjoy their new lives here? Many were brought here as young children with their parents, have worked hard at one or two jobs ever since their arrival, learned English, supply much of the construction trades and agricultural labor, and have never broken any US laws. Whatever has happened to the American spirit of generosity, which welcomes everybody to the American dream? Thank you for this story, whoever wrote it. Pauline

Anonymous

Posted Apr 9 2011

No to Amnesty!

Anonymous

Posted Apr 10 2011

“These are hard-working members of our community, who are raising families, paying taxes, and rebuilding our neighborhoods house by house. The federal government should focus their limited resources on actual criminals, not terrorizing the parents of 7-year-old children.”

I used to be a democrat. But I'll NEVER, EVER vote for them again. Those people broke our laws. Don't you get it.

Anonymous

Posted Apr 11 2011

no one was arrested at the school. After droping their kids at school, parents were followed to their place of employment in order for ICE to see which businesses are hiring illegal aliens.

Anonymous

Posted Apr 15 2011

They didn't "conduct an operation" at the school. They followed someone from their home, to the school, then continued to follow them to work. They then executed a warrant signed by a federal judge and the person will lawfully be deported for breaking this nation's laws.

Get your freaking facts straight...

"Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented worker' is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmicist"

Anonymous

Posted Apr 16 2011

Union defends ICE Agents in Detroit:
Leaders call on ICE managers to quit playing politics

On the morning of April 5, 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations Officers were conducting routine surveillance of a home in the Detroit area suspected to be the residence of a criminal fugitive ordered deported from the United States by a Federal Judge. When a vehicle left the residence ICE Agents adhered to standard law enforcement surveillance techniques and followed.

As the vehicle entered a school area Agents broke contact but maintained surveillance from a distance. When the vehicle drove away from the area Agents followed unobserved for approximately five blocks before pulling the car over and arresting the fugitive identified on the warrant in their possession. “It was textbook law enforcement,” said Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council, the Union representing ICE Agents and Officers, “I’m proud of our Officers and the professionalism they displayed in conducting their duties.”
However, this routine arrest has erupted in a media storm of false accusations and misinformation. Immigration Activists claim that the school was surrounded by ICE Agents who profiled and stalked Hispanic residents, made warrantless arrests and otherwise terrorized innocent bystanders and children. Crane denies those allegations. “None of the people making these allegations have the facts; ICE Agents were acting under an order from a Federal Judge. No man, woman or child was terrorized or harassed; nobody surrounded the school or took any other action around it.”
Crane also rejected statements by ICE Public Affairs Director Brian Hale that implied ICE Agents had acted contrary to ICE policy. “ICE hadn’t even spoken to the officers involved when Hale made those statements. His statements were premature and inaccurate. Mr. Hale is not an officer, does not represent ICE Agents, and clearly is not familiar with ICE policy regarding surveillance near schools. His comments have created confusion and fueled this storm”
This is not the first time Hale has failed to accurately represent ICE Officers in the field the Union alleges. In March, the Union filed a formal complaint with ICE Director John Morton calling for Hale’s resignation alleging he told the press that ICE did not consider its own agents to be “real agents.” Hale allegedly made these statements after masked gunman entered the home of an ICE Agent in Texas to kill the Agent, but when he was not at home molested his fiancé. “We were outraged,” Crane said, “our Agent needed help and instead our own Agency attacked us.” ICE Director John Morton did not respond to the Union’s complaint.
“Thanks to ICE, newspapers and blogs across the country now read ‘ICE admits to wrongdoing in Detroit,’ but our officers did nothing wrong. ICE is abusing its authority and attacking its employees instead of protecting them, it’s time for ICE to quit playing politics and defend our officers publicly.”
The National ICE Council represents 7,000 ICE Officers, Agents and employees working for ICE.

Anonymous

Posted Apr 16 2011

Union defends ICE Agents in Detroit:
Leaders call on ICE managers to quit playing politics

On the morning of April 5, 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations Officers were conducting routine surveillance of a home in the Detroit area suspected to be the residence of a criminal fugitive ordered deported from the United States by a Federal Judge. When a vehicle left the residence ICE Agents adhered to standard law enforcement surveillance techniques and followed.

As the vehicle entered a school area Agents broke contact but maintained surveillance from a distance. When the vehicle drove away from the area Agents followed unobserved for approximately five blocks before pulling the car over and arresting the fugitive identified on the warrant in their possession. “It was textbook law enforcement,” said Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council, the Union representing ICE Agents and Officers, “I’m proud of our Officers and the professionalism they displayed in conducting their duties.”
However, this routine arrest has erupted in a media storm of false accusations and misinformation. Immigration Activists claim that the school was surrounded by ICE Agents who profiled and stalked Hispanic residents, made warrantless arrests and otherwise terrorized innocent bystanders and children. Crane denies those allegations. “None of the people making these allegations have the facts; ICE Agents were acting under an order from a Federal Judge. No man, woman or child was terrorized or harassed; nobody surrounded the school or took any other action around it.”
Crane also rejected statements by ICE Public Affairs Director Brian Hale that implied ICE Agents had acted contrary to ICE policy. “ICE hadn’t even spoken to the officers involved when Hale made those statements. His statements were premature and inaccurate. Mr. Hale is not an officer, does not represent ICE Agents, and clearly is not familiar with ICE policy regarding surveillance near schools. His comments have created confusion and fueled this storm”
This is not the first time Hale has failed to accurately represent ICE Officers in the field the Union alleges. In March, the Union filed a formal complaint with ICE Director John Morton calling for Hale’s resignation alleging he told the press that ICE did not consider its own agents to be “real agents.” Hale allegedly made these statements after masked gunman entered the home of an ICE Agent in Texas to kill the Agent, but when he was not at home molested his fiancé. “We were outraged,” Crane said, “our Agent needed help and instead our own Agency attacked us.” ICE Director John Morton did not respond to the Union’s complaint.
“Thanks to ICE, newspapers and blogs across the country now read ‘ICE admits to wrongdoing in Detroit,’ but our officers did nothing wrong. ICE is abusing its authority and attacking its employees instead of protecting them, it’s time for ICE to quit playing politics and defend our officers publicly.”
The National ICE Council represents 7,000 ICE Officers, Agents and employees working for ICE.

Anonymous

Posted Jun 4 2011

This ARTICLE IS A LIE !!!! There was only 2 agents in a single car, stopping and apprehending a man they had been trying to catch for weeks. A man with a court ordered judge signed deportation order for criminal activity. LOOK IT UP.

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